When it comes to physical fitness, except for walking to the refrigerator during commercials, the biggest workout some of us get is pushing buttons on the TV remote control. (And we females know who gets most of that exercise).
But the county Recreation and Parks Department has decided to help get us off our buns with a collection of innovative programs to promote healthy lifestyles for Severna Park residents of all ages.
Heartlight Aerobics is for children in grades 2 to 5. Kids have afun workout while dancing to the latest hits. Just tell the little couch potatoes they'll be auditioning for a new video and see how fastthey move.
The hour-long session begins at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Oak Hill Elementary School on Truckhouse Road.
For adults, Bio-Aerobics offers a complete fitness program to condition the cardiovascular system and tone and strengthen those sagging muscles.
Dance away pounds and inches while movin' to the music with easy-to-learn dance steps based on a combination of high/low impact moves.
Classes will be offered 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday beginningSept. 16 at Benfield Elementary School on Lynwood Drive; and 6:30 to7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday beginning Sept. 17 at Severna ParkHigh School on Robinson Road.
New classes in everything from artsand crafts to dancing and sports also begin this month.
For further information, call 222-3600.
The YWCA of Annapolis and AnneArundel County will have its 71st Annual Meeting next weekend at theAnnapolis Dinner Theatre.
County Executive Robert R. Neall will be guest speaker.
Members will approve a board of directors for fiscal year 1991. The slate is Patricia R. Roche, president; Betty Gibbons, Susan Nolte, Margaret Clarke, Joyce Ludlum and Carolyn Sullivan, vice presidents; Kathryn Dahl, treasurer; and Stephanie Yancy, secretary.
Are you a good listener? Always have a good thought and a word of encouragement for someone feeling low?
Training for telephone volunteers begins Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Bereavement Center of Arundel Hospice, 403 Headquarters Drive, Millersville.
If you own a telephone, this could be perfect for you. Qualifications don't include being a psychotherapist -- just be someone who cares.
The center needs folks to make regular phone calls to people experiencing grief and loss. Volunteers have perfect working hours, since calls are made from your home when it's convenient for you.
For further details, contact center coordinator Betty Asplund, at 987-2129.
If you've lived in Greater Severna Park for any length of time, you've probably attended one of the many art auctions to benefit a deserving cause.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, an auction will be conducted at Anne Arundel Community College student center to benefit one of our most successful philanthropic efforts: the Severna Park Assistance Network (SPAN).
All money from ticket sales and the silent auction goes directly to SPAN.
There will be a 7 p.m. preview, silent auction of special gifts, door prizes, hors d' oeuvres and auction at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and are available in the offices of Severna Park United Methodist and Woods Memorial Presbyterian churches or at SPAN,in the frame building behind Our Shepherd Lutheran on Benfield Road.
Because it has nearly doubled its services since June, SPAN is running out of food for its pantry. It needs peanut butter and jelly, macaroni, flour, canned soups, stews, anything that will keep. It wouldn't cost much to pick up a few staples at the grocery store and dropthem off on your way home.
For more information, call SPAN at 647-0889.
"Storytime" for little ones begins Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Severna Park branch library.
Two-year-olds meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. on Thursday. Children ages 3 to 6 will meet at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. on
Thursday.Children ages 2 to 6 will also meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday (except Oct. 3).
For help, call 222-6290.
A 10K race is next month will benefit North Arundel Hospital's Pediatric Unit.
The Glen Burnie and B & A Trail 10K Run will be at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, on our doorsteps at Severna Park High School.
For further information, call 787-4367.
By the way, have you seen the terrific addition to North Arundel Hospital? If the care inside is as complete as the new facade, we're in luck.
Student council leaders at Severn School have been named. They are Valerie Threlfall, president, daughter of Muriel Threlfall of Annapolis; Christy Cole, vice president, daughter of Betty Cole of Severna Park.
Senior prefects, selected for leadership potential, integrity, and commitment to Severn, were chosen to fill various student leadership roles. Prefects are Julie Ayers, Katie Burrows, Brooke Courtney, James Dodson, Sara Franey, Heidi Hillman, Jason Hurst, David Maher, Jennifer Molesevich, Brett Schelenski, Anne Schorreck, Doug Shafer and Adam Williams.